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The Great Human Delusion: All Parents Love their Children

Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, there is a widespread belief that all parents love their children. This is not so. Many parents are so badly emotionally damaged as a result of their own childhood experience that they are not capable of loving their children. Moreover, the fear, self-hatred and powerlessness that characterise most humans means that parental violence against children is chronic even if one or both parents are capable of love.

War Stories: Bad Wars and the Voice of Disillusion

By John Grant

 

      When lo! An angel called him out of heaven,

      Saying, Lay not thy hand upon the lad, . . .

Heather Zichal, Former Obama Energy Aide, Named to Board of Fracked Gas Exports Giant Cheniere

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

Heather Zichal, former Obama White House Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change, may soon walk out of the government-industry revolving door to become a member of the board of directors for fracked gas exports giant Cheniere, who nominated her to serve on the board. 

Silent Coup: How Enbridge is Quietly Cloning the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

While the debate over the TransCanada Keystone XL tar sands pipeline has raged on for over half a decade, pipeline giant Enbridge has quietly cloned its own Keystone XL in the U.S and Canada. 

It comes in the form of the combination of Enbridge's Alberta Clipper (Line 67), Flanagan South and Seaway Twin pipelines.

Still, the Grim Farce that is Guantanamo

by Debra Sweet         Guantanamo attorney Ramzi Kassem, in his op-ed in Saturday's New York TimesA View from Gitmo, said, “Guantánamo remains at its core a lawless place.”  The torture camp was set in Cuba in 2002 to avoid U.S. and international law, but mostly to provide a place where the Bush regime could make it known, “here, we can do anything we choose to you.”  

Racism: Alive and Well In the U.S. and Israel

            The media is reporting that three teenagers living in illegal Israeli settlements in Palestine are missing, and Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has stated, on evidence he has not chosen to share, that they have been kidnapped by Hamas. In response, he has unleashed a new level of terrorism against Palestinians living in the West Bank, with mass arrests and a new level of harassment that is shocking even for his IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) terrorists.

            At this point the whereabouts of the three missing people is unknown; how and why they left, whether or not there is a criminal component and, if so, who is responsible, are also unknown. One hopes they are found safely. However, the outrage that Israel and the United States is demonstrating by this event is somewhat puzzling at best, and wildly hypocritical at worst.

Labeling Latino Kids as Gangsters: DA says Speaking Spanish in Public and Wearing Sportswear Signify Gangsterism

By Kathy Swift

 

Santa Barbara, CA -- What can we learn from the medieval church about biometric identification? Quite a lot it turns out, at least according to Santa Barbara city officials.

Meeting Logs: Obama Quietly Coddling Big Oil on “Bomb Trains” Regulations

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

When Richard Revesz, Dean Emeritus of New York University Law School, introduced Howard Shelanski at his only public appearance so far during his tenure as Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), Revesz described Shelanski as, “from our perspective, close to the most important official in the federal government.”

Bergdahl, Desertion and Heroics

                A lead article on CNN today reads as follows: ‘Fellow soldiers call Bowe Bergdahl a deserter, not a hero.’


                It seems that one is defining the term ‘hero’ in a rather odd way, if one can’t consider a deserter a hero. Let’s look first at what desertion from the U.S. military means, in terms of actions and possible consequences, and then more specifically at Mr. Bergdahl’s particular situation, or at least what is currently known of it.

ND Treasurer: Red Carpet Rollout for Gen. Petraeus Fracking Field Trip "Not Unusual"

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

North Dakota Treasurer Kelly Schmidt has responded to DeSmogBlog's investigation of the Bakken Shale basin fracking field trip her office facilitated for former CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus, who now works at the Manhattan-based private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR)

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The Hypocrisy Chronicles: Mr. Kerry, Stop Bullying Venezuela

By John Grant

 
I don’t believe in the dogmatic postulates of Marxist revolution. I don’t accept that we are living in a period of proletarian revolutions. Reality is telling us that every day. But if I am told that because of that reality you can’t do anything to help the poor, then I say, “We part company.”
                           -Hugo Chavez, 2004
 


The hypocrisy of the government of the United States seems to know no limits. The current posture it’s taking toward the elected government of Venezuela is simply shameful.

The latest on ThisCantBeHappening! radio: Interview with Jailed Occupy Activist Cecily McMillan's Attorney Martin Stolar

By Dave Lindorff


In this edition of Progressive Radio Network's "ThisCantBeHappening" radio program, host Dave Lindorff, focuses on the case of Occupy Movement activist Cecily McMillan, currently jailed at Riker’s Island without bail while awaiting sentencing on a conviction of felony assault of a police officer.

Turkey News - May 16, 2014

 

Turkey swept by protests as anger grows over fatal mine explosion - theguardian.com


Mass funerals for the dead of the Turkey mining disaster (BEST PHOTOS) - dailymail.co.uk


VIDEO: Thousands clash with police at mine protest in Istanbul Part 1 - YouTube


VIDEO: Violent Clashes in Istanbul Over Mining Disaster Part 2 - Boston.com


VIDEO: Mining company's Istanbul office hit by rage over Soma disaster - YouTube


VIDEO: Turkey mine disaster: protests in Ankara Part 1 - YouTube


VIDEO: Turkey mine disaster: protests in Ankara Part 2 - YouTube


VIDEO: Police using water cannons on mine disaster protest in Soma, Turkey - YouTube


VIDEO: Anger over Turkey mine disaster prompts union strike - DW.DE


Images of Turkish PM Aide Kicking Protester Fuel Anger Online - NYTimes.com


PHOTOS: Fury as Turkish PM's Aide Kicks Soma Mine Protester - NBC News.com


VIDEO: Caught on cam: Turkish PM adviser kicks mine tragedy mourner - YouTube


VIDEO: Erdogan jeered, heckled, his car attacked as he visits scene of mine collapse Part 1- RT


VIDEO: Erdogan booed during Soma visit Part 2 - YouTube


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AKP government under fire over coal mine tragedy - Al-Monitor


AK Party gov't should be blamed for blatant, fatal negligence in Soma: Observers - Today's Zaman


AK Party rejected CHP proposal on mine safety weeks before Soma blast - CİHAN


VIDEO: Government refused to examine mine safety according to opposition - BBC News


Turkish PM cites 19th-century Britain to prove mine accidents are ‘typical’, says the Soma mine "one of the safest in Turkey" - hurriyetdailynews


Mine disaster casts spotlight on Turkey's industry regulation - Today's Zaman


Lack of proper inspection blamed in Soma mine disaster - Today's Zaman


Why does Turkey rank first in labor accidents in Europe, CHP leader asks PM - hurriyetdailynews


What makes mining in Turkey so dangerous? - Today's Zaman


Miners say safety declined after Turkey privatized Soma mine - CSMonitor.com


Soma Holding praised lucrative cost reductions in previous interview - coal.steelguru.com


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Hillary Clinton: Not the Democratic Savior.

           


            The media is awash with information about a potential presidential run by Hillary Clinton. She has the overwhelming support of Democrats, unparalleled name-recognition, and the assurance of more money for her campaign than either candidate had in the historically-expensive Obama-Romney match-up of 2012. Her credentials – mastermind of her husband’s comeback campaign for Governor of Arkansas, former first lady, former senator from a heavily populated state, presidential candidate, former Secretary of State – look very impressive, if one doesn’t look too closely. However, it is high time one did so.

New questions in FBI Boston bombing witness killing: Agent Who Killed Tsarnaev Pal During Grilling had Brutal, Corrupt History

By Dave Lindorff


Almost a year after an FBI agent shot and killed, under suspicious circumstances, a crucial witness in the Boston Marathon bombing case during a botched midnight interrogation in an Orlando apartment, serious questions are being raised about the FBI agent who fired seven short into Chechen immigrant Ibragim Todashev last May 22. 


A hallway dispute that could become a real public debate: Companies and FCC in Net Neutrality Scuffle

By Alfredo Lopez

 

As the FCC hurtles towards what seems like an approval this coming Thursday of new proposed rules that would, effectively, allow establishment of a second high-speed, higher-cost Internet, we've caught a glimpse of an interesting and infrequently noted split in the circles of power.

It's a minor scuffle but, if it continues, it could open up debates that would involve genuine free-Internet forces and that would quickly put the need to protect the Internet on the national agenda.

Look who’s calling voting ‘divisive’ and ‘illegal’: The Blood-soaked US Has No Business Opposing Sovereignty Plebiscites

By Dave Lindorff



The rot at the core of US international relations, domestic politics and the corporate media is evident in the American approach to the Ukraine crisis.


Palestine, Israel and the International Criminal Court

            It appears that the weak, spineless Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas may finally have realized that his place in history is not going to be assured by functioning only as the puppet of the U.S. and Israel. As the latest round of so-called peace talks, sponsored by the U.S. which has no interest in any real negotiations between Israel and Palestine, has crashed and burned, Mr. Abbas has applied to join fifteen international treaties and conventions, with others expected. All this, it is said, is merely a lead-up to joining the International Criminal Court (ICC), which could then investigate and charge Israel with war crimes.

Bearing the Pain of Affirmative Action: The Shame of Clarence Thomas

By John Grant

 
    Everybody knows that the boat is leaking
    Everybody knows that the captain lied ...
    Everybody knows the deal is rotten
    Old Black Joe's still pickin' cotton
    For your ribbons and bows

                                       - Leonard Cohen
 

In honor of our Supreme Court I’ve decided to start this piece with a prayer.

For First Time, TransCanada Says Tar Sands Flowing to Gulf in Keystone XL South

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

TransCanada admitted for the first time that tar sands oil is now flowing through Keystone XL's southern leg, now rebranded the Gulf Coast Pipeline Project. The company confirmed the pipeline activity in its 2014 quarter one earnings call.

Cover-up in progress?: The Case of the Dead Brazilian Torturer Gets Murkier

By Michael Uhl


They haven't killed him yet.

Paulo Malhaes, the confessed Brazilian torturer whose death I recently reported on this site may not have been murdered after all. At least that’s what police investigating the case have been loudly proclaiming for the past week.

Killing of leaders was being planned: Exposing the Federal Government’s Plan to Crush the Occupy Movement (Part I)

By Dave Lindorff


  Listen to Dave Lindorff explain on Santa Barbara radio KCSB's Radio Occupy program how the federal government, in collusion with state and local police, and possibly with private bank and oil company security firms, planned to use "suppressed sniper fire" to assassinate the leaders of Occupy Houston, and perhaps also the leaders of other Occupy Movement actions around the country.

Turkey News - May 2, 2014

 

Protests turn violent in Turkey on May Day after labor rallies banned - fsrn.org


VIDEO: Best footage: Major May Day violence in Turkey - YouTube


VIDEO: Best footage: Molotovs, stun grenades explode on Istanbul streets as violence erupts at May Day rally - YouTube


VIDEO: Protester gets shot in the leg while throwing a molotov cocktail at police - YouTube


VIDEO: Police crack down on May Day demonstrators on main Istanbul road amid traffic - hurriyetdailynews.com


The Turkish way of controlling protests: Just shut down the city! - GlobalPost

 

CHRONOLOGY: As it happened: Police keep Taksim Square shut by means of tear gas and water cannon on tense May Day in Istanbul (PHOTOS, VIDEOS) - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

May 1 tension erupts at Ankara’s Kızılay Square - CİHAN

 

Turkish police innovate with state-of-the-art ‘castle wall’ at Ankara’s Kızılay Square (PHOTOS) - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

May Day activist attempted to hijack airplane - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

Turkish unions speak out on the Labour Day, Unemployment reaching three million and a lack of job security are most serious problems - Euro Asia News

 

Turkish government scared of workers: Main opposition leader - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

Dispatches: Why Banning May Day in Taksim Doesn’t Work - Human Rights Watch

 

Turkey: Riot police in reprehensible crackdown on peaceful May Day protest - Amnesty International

 

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Turkish prosecutors investigate into Erdogan rival Gulen: minister - NBC News


Gülen faces a second investigation as an espionage probe launched at TİB - hurriyetdailynews.com


US avoids commenting on Gülen's extradition - Today's Zaman


Turkish Extradition Request Could Strain Relations With US - VOA


US says Erdoğan’s remarks on protests are ‘ridiculous’ - Today's Zaman


Dialogue advocacy group 'disturbed' by Erdoğan's harassment of Hizmet - CİHAN

 

Courts order corrections to gov't media stories on Hizmet - CİHAN

 

Websites conducting a large-scale black propaganda war against the Hizmet movement - Today's Zaman

 

Turkish opposition: Enquiry against Gülen politically motivated - CİHAN

 

Erdoğan's ‘venomous discourse' about German President Joachim Gauck destroying Turkey's ties with EU - CİHAN

 

German President Gauck: I even restrained myself - CİHAN

 

Alevi groups slam Erdoğan remarks on ‘atheist Alevis' - CİHAN

 

Unregistered investigations carried out in İstanbul Courthouse - CİHAN

 

PM's son behind investigation ‘by mistake' into CHP leader - CİHAN

 

Venice Commission concerned about attacks against top court - CİHAN

 

MASAK chief reassigned in Finance Ministry purge, he came to public attention in a investigation launched against Iranian businessman Reza Zarrab - CİHAN

 

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Prosecutors demand five years in prison for ‘girl with red foulard’ and other four Gezi protesters - hurriyetdailynews.com


New intelligence law serious threat to basic rights and freedoms - CİHAN


Turkey falls into ‘Not Free' countries in Freedom House report - CİHAN


News portal draft law may lead to control of Internet media - CİHAN


Minister says Twitter has obeyed 16 Turkish court rules, is evaluating 10 others - Daily Sabah

 

University student to pay damages to mayor over insult on Twitter - Today's Zaman

 

Tweeting the Letter 'K' Can Get You 10 Months in a Turkish Prison - VICE News

 

Shakira and Rihanna’s music video ‘evokes homosexuality,’ Turkey’s TV watchdog says - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

VIDEO: Shakira and Rihanna’s music video 'Can't Remember to Forget You' (Official Video) - YouTube

 

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‘Karma’s a bitch’: Supreme Court Upholds Disbarment of Former Kansas Attorney General and Anti-Abortion Fanatic Phill Kline

By Dave Lindorff

 

Disgraced former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline, who while in office as AG and later as a county prosecutor conducted a draconian inquisition against abortion doctors and the state’s Planned Parenthood organization, may still be a visiting assistant professor of law at Jerry Falwell’s Liberty “University” in Lynchburg, Virginia, but he isn’t allowed to practice law anymore. 

 

Israeli Hypocrisy: Business as Usual

             On Sunday, April 27, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared on U.S. television, denouncing progress made in reconciliation talks between Fatah, which ostensibly controls the West Bank, and Hamas, the democratically-elected government in the Gaza Strip.


            According to CNN: “Netanyahu said he and Secretary of State John Kerry recently applauded that some progress was being made toward a peace agreement. ‘And then the next day, we were both shocked,  there's no other word, we were absolutely stupefied that President Abbas embraced the terrorist organization Hamas that seeks Israel's destruction,’ he said on ‘Face the Nation.’”

Mayflower: 1st ExxonMobil Tar Sands Pipeline Spill, Now Deadly Tornado Destroys Arkansas Town

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

On March 29, 2013, ExxonMobil's Pegasus tar sands pipeline ruptured in Mayflower, Arkansas, sending hundreds of thousands of gallons of diluted bitumen ("dilbit") pouring down the town's streets.

A new proposal mocks Net Neutrality: FCC Wants to Give Corporations Their Own Internet

By Alfredo Lopez


When a federal court trashed its "net neutrality" compromise policy in January, the Federal Communications Commission assured us that the Internet we knew and depended on was safe. Most activists didn't believe federal officials and this past week the FCC demonstrated how realistic our cynicism was.

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